Alo (Wallis and Futuna)

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Alo
Tu`a / Kingdom of Futuna
Chiefdom and District
Flag of Alo
Flag
Alo and Sigave within the Hoorn Islands
Alo and Sigave within the Hoorn Islands
Coordinates: 14°18′33.77″S 178°7′24.78″W / 14.3093806°S 178.1235500°W / -14.3093806; -178.1235500Coordinates: 14°18′33.77″S 178°7′24.78″W / 14.3093806°S 178.1235500°W / -14.3093806; -178.1235500
Country  France
Territory  Wallis and Futuna
Island Futuna and Alofi
Capital Mala'e
Area
 • Total 53 km2 (20 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 2,993
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+12
No. of districts 1 (Alo)[1]
No. of municipalities 9
Map of Hoorn Islands

Alo (also known unofficially as Tu`a or the Kingdom of Futuna[2]) is one of three official chiefdoms of the French territory of Wallis and Futuna (the other two being Uvea and Sigave) in Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean.

Geography[edit]

Overview[edit]

Alo encompasses the eastern two thirds (53 square kilometres (20 sq mi) out of 83 square kilometres (32 sq mi)) of Futuna Island, and all of the mostly uninhabited Alofi Island (32 square kilometres (12 sq mi), population 2), 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the southeast of Futuna Island. The total area of the chiefdom is 85 square kilometres (33 sq mi), and total population is 2,993 spread among nine villages, as of the July 22, 2003 census. The capital is the village of Mala'e (population 238). The largest village is Ono (population 738). The last Tuigaifo, or King, of the Kingdom of Alo was Petelo Vikena, whose coronation took place on November 6, 2008, in the small village of Alo.[3] He abdicated, amid local controversy, on January 22, 2010. The Throne will remain vacant until a new Tuigaifo is chosen by the Council of Chiefs.

Administrative division[edit]

The chiefdom counts the homonym and coextensive district and 9 municipalities:[4]

Village Population District Island
Ono 738 Alo Futuna
Taoa 717 Alo Futuna Island, Wallis and Futuna
Kolia 432 Alo Futuna Island, Wallis and Futuna
Vele 303 Alo Futuna Island, Wallis and Futuna
Poi 294 Alo Futuna Island, Wallis and Futuna
Mala'e 238 Alo Futuna Island, Wallis and Futuna
Tamana 226 Alo Futuna Island, Wallis and Futuna
Tuatafa 43 Alo Futuna Island, Wallis and Futuna
Alofitai 2 Alo Alofi

History[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coextensive with the chiefdom
  2. ^ "New King Crowned In Futuna". Oceania Flash (Pacific Magazine (cache)). 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Futuna crowns new king". Radio New Zealand International. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  4. ^ Municipal population of the villages in Wallis and Futuna (INSEE 2008, complete list)

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